Scotland’s new “UK” capital is being hailed as a major step forward for the country, as a surge in international trade has fuelled the region’s economy.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the decision to become the “UK capital of Europe” on Wednesday as a “great day for Scotland”.
“It is good to be a UK citizen in the 21st century, but this is not about being a second-class citizen,” she said.
“It’s about living in the world and knowing the world.
It’s about the European Union and its role as a bridge to the world.”
Scottish Premier Nicola Sturgeon at the announcement of the UK’s new ‘UK’ capital.
The decision has come in the wake of the Brexit referendum and the vote to leave the European Economic Area, which Scotland is part of.
It has been dubbed a “second Brexit” and will see Scotland’s economy transformed by an influx of international trade.
Scottished Government sources said the announcement had been “totally unexpected” and had been greeted with “surprise” from international business.
Scottishes first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “The UK is a great place for Scotland to live, work, and play.
We will be proud to have Scotland’s capital as the new home of the European Capital of Culture.””
Today’s announcement marks a significant step forward in our country’s integration into the EU, with the EU becoming Scotland’s fourth most important trading partner,” she added.
The UK Government said it welcomed the announcement and had already begun “working with our international partners and partners in other EU countries to accelerate the UK economy”.
It also welcomed the “unprecedented support” given by EU leaders to Scotland in securing the UK as the “world’s leading global trading nation”.
“This is a major breakthrough in our relationship with the European Commission and the UK Government, as well as an important step towards our ambition of becoming a ‘first country in Europe’,” said a spokesperson for the UK Department for International Trade.
The announcement of London as the UK capital was welcomed by the Scottish Government, which has been campaigning for a change in Scottish Government policy.
“This has been a long-standing Scottish Government priority, and I welcome the new decision to make London the UK Capital of Europe,” Scottish Secretary David Mundell said.
The new capital was also welcomed by Scotland’s Trade Minister, Michael Russell, who said: “”I am proud that Scotland’s Prime Minister has finally decided to take a significant and ambitious step towards making London the global capital of culture and the centre of the world’s economy.””
Scotts first minister has said she will use the announcement to help Scotland “make the best of a bad situation” and make it “better for Scotland and our children and grandchildren”.”
We will look to the UK for future support as we look to our own country to lead the way in the new global economy.”
Scotts first minister has said she will use the announcement to help Scotland “make the best of a bad situation” and make it “better for Scotland and our children and grandchildren”.
She said:”Today marks the UK changing its focus from the EU and towards its future outside the European Common Market.
I want Scotland to be able to be the leader in this transition.
I know many people here are struggling to get by.
But I am determined to make sure that the new city that will become London is better for everyone.
I am excited by the opportunities for the future.”
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: